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Cheating boyfriend shot during struggle, police say

An Anchorage man who got into a lover’s spat with his girlfriend after allegedly kissing another woman outside his Spenard home early New Year’s Day wound up hospitalized after he pulled a gun on his girlfriend and she fought back, Anchorage police said Friday.

Asipeli Vatuvei, 28, has been charged with felony assault and reckless endangerment following the dispute at about 5:30 a.m. New Year’s Day, police said.

Police say that’s when they were summoned to the apartment at 1406 West 47th Ave. to the report of a man shot once in the back.

Vatuvei and his girlfriend had been drinking, according to police, when he was spotted by the girlfriend smooching another woman.

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Semi-nude, uninvited guest gives New Year's surprise

A scantily clad man wandered into a stranger’s Girdwood home early New Year’s Day and sat down on the couch, where the returning homeowners later found the uninvited guest passed out, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Troopers say the homeowners reported the man at about 2:30 a.m. Thursday after they arrived at the Taos Street residence to find the man dressed only in a T-shirt and sitting on the couch, asleep. They detained the suspect and called troopers.

Officers arriving on scene determined Anchorage resident Richard Sexton, 33, was intoxicated and had entered the home thinking he was somewhere else, troopers said. He told them he did not know why he was naked save for the T-shirt.

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Hip-hop label responds to weekend shooting

Here's a presser from local label FrostBite Records, whose hip-hop artist Johnathan O'Neal Bindon, AKA John Boii, recently made headlines as the suspected shooter during an altercation this weekend.

Bindon, pictured below, allegedly shot his friend, Lydell Butler, once in the chest at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday before fleeing the scene in the 2700 block of Lee Street, according to police. Butler is expected to survive, but police continue to search for Bindon, 18.

The label says the title of a new album featuring Bindon, "Alaska's Most Wanted," should not be misinterpreted to mean its artists are criminals. Instead, the name was meant to "inspire, and promote the abilities of the hip-hop artists in a state which does not gain much recognition in the music industry," according to the label.

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Pair of robberies may be linked, police say

A convenience store robbed at gunpoint Monday night has Anchorage police wondering if the culprit might be the same man who robbed a liquor store a day earlier.

The latest robbery took place at the Lucky 7 at 531 Fireweed Lane at about 8:50 p.m. Monday, when a man with a gun went in and demanded cash, then fled in a white sedan, police said.

The suspect matched the description in another robbery Sunday at about 6 p.m., police spokeswoman Anita Shell said. In that case, the robber, carrying a silver handgun, held up the In & Out Liquor store at 1100 West Benson Blvd., then fled east on Benson in a white sedan.

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Man convicted of dealing walrus parts

A Togiak man has pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of violating the Marine Mammal Protection Act by illegally transporting and selling walrus parts, according to the U.S. attorney.

Prosecutors say Roy D. Petersen, Jr., 27, was involved in transporting and selling a walrus head mount, a tusk and a jawbone.

Petersen is facing a maximum of one year in prison, five years on probation and a $100,000 fine at his sentencing scheduled for March 6, prosecutors said.

— Anchorage Daily News

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Monday's trooper dispatches

A person has died in a house fire in Delta Junction. Alaska State Troopers say 65-year-old Kenneth DeBoer had been living in the Daniel Road home. The dispatch is below.

Alaska State Troopers Press Release of Monday, December 29, 2008

Any charges reported in these press releases are merely accusations and
the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

A Detachment...No news reported.

B Detachment

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Location: Palmer
Case number: 08-106826
Type: Warrant Arrest
Text: On 12/28/2008 at approximately 2230 hours, Alaska State Troopers

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Friday's trooper dispatches

A man who allegedly assaulted a woman and broke her phone when she tried to call for help began kicking and fighting with troopers when arrested. See the dispatch below.

Alaska State Troopers Press Release of Friday, December 26, 2008

Any charges reported in these press releases are merely accusations and
the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

A Detachment...No news reported.

B Detachment

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Location: Palmer
Case number: 08-106136
Type: Warrant Arrest/DWLR
Text: On 12/25/08 at approximately 2229 hours, near downtown Palmer, AST

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Wednesday's trooper dispatches

Troopers in Anchorage have intercepted a bootlegging shipment bound for Barrow, seizing six bottles of tequila, a bottle of whiskey and 10 beers, troopers said. Dispatch is below.

Alaska State Troopers Press Release of Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Any charges reported in these press releases are merely accusations and
the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

A Detachment

Location: Juneau

Case Number: 08-98931

Type: Felony DUI - Sentencing

Text: On 12-23-08, Robert Riggs Jr, age 31 of Juneau pled guilty in the
Juneau Superior Court to one count of Felony DUI. Riggs was sentenced to

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Police seek suspect in teen sex assault

A man who forced two teenaged girls into his truck, raping one of them before setting them free, is being sought by Anchorage police.

The attack took place Monday at about 10 p.m., when the man approached the two 15-year-old girls who were walking near Klatt and Johns roads in South Anchorage, police said.

He told the girls he had a gun and forced them into his truck, described as a newer, black extended-cab pickup with a leather interior. Its exact make and model was unknown.

Inside, he told one girl to lie down in the back seat while he sexually assaulted the other girl in the front passenger seat, police said. During the attack, a vehicle drove by, apparently startling him, and he drove the girls to the north end of Johns Road, police said.

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Drive-by shooting suspect arrested

A 28-year-old man was arrested this morning after two drive-by shootings in East Anchorage.

No one was injured in either incident.

Anchorage police say Christopher Taong, a felon on federal probation, shot the two houses because of an unpaid drug debt.

The first shooting occurred just after 1 a.m. in the 3600 block of Aldren Circle. Five people were in the house when a man in a Dodge Durango opened fire on it, police said.

About 10 minutes later, the gunman drove by another home belonging to the same family and opened fire. Eight people were in that home at the time, most of them children, police said.

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Monday's trooper dispatches

Three people accused of interfering with the investigation into the 2007 Talkeetna Halloween robbery case have been indicted by a Palmer grand jury on a count each of hindering the prosecution, troopers said. Dispatch is below.

Alaska State Troopers Press Release of Monday, December 22, 2008

Any charges reported in these press releases are merely accusations and
the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

A Detachment...No news reported.

B Detachment

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Location: Wasilla,
Case number: 08-105091

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Trio indicted for sweeping fraud scheme

Three people accused of defrauding Anchorage and Valley business of more than $50,000 during a four-month crime spree have been indicted on 217 felony counts of fraud and theft, according to Anchorage police.

The suspects were the subjects of a two-month manhunt before their arrests, police said. They are:

- Ryan Samuel Burkhart, 25, arrested Nov. 1
- Angie Minnick, 30, arrested Dec. 4
-Wendy “Contessa” Remington, 32, Oct. 9

The three are being held at the Anchorage jail with initial court appearances scheduled for tomorrow, police said.

Police say the trio worked as a group to steal checks and credit and identification cards while conducting a series of mailbox thefts, burglaries and vehicle break-ins. They then used the stolen goods to fraudulently buy goods from local businesses, police said.

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Police investigate disappearance of shop owner

FAIRBANKS — A Fairbanks store owner is missing and police have charged three men with improperly using his credit cards.

Police are treating the disappearance of 62-year-old Daniel Frederick as suspicious.

Frederick owns Blondie's Antiques, a shop in a residential area of downtown Fairbanks known for advertising used bunny boots.

Police Sgt. Eric Jewkes said a friend of Frederick's called Friday to say he had visited the store and could not find Frederick. Police investigated and found pets that had not been fed or let out of cages.

"People who really care about their pets don't just abandon them," Jewkes said.

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Woman's death under police scrutiny

Anchorage police are investigating the death of a woman who was discovered on the floor of her home this weekend.

A friend found Irene Duncan, 38, on the floor of her home in the 4300 Block of Arctic Boulevard and called officers at about 2:10 p.m. Saturday, police said.

Detectives say there was no obvious cause of death, but the department’s major crime scene team was deployed to the home to collect evidence.

Lt. Dave Parker said that step was taken as a precaution in advance of an autopsy likely being conducted today. The death did not appear suspicious, but because it was not witnessed or expected police needed to be thorough, he said.

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Friday's trooper dispatches

A Wasilla man who accidentally shot himself in the arm Friday morning has Alaska State Troopers asking the public for information on the case. Dispatch is below.

Alaska State Troopers Press Release of Friday, December 19, 2008

Any charges reported in these press releases are merely accusations and
the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

A Detachment

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Location: Angoon

Case number: 08-103881

Type: Assault

Text: On 12/17/08, at 1715 hours, the Angoon VPSO received a report of
an assault in Angoon. A 9 year old male from Angoon reported that on

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Thanksgiving death ruled a homicide

The sudden death of a man who died at home on Thanksgiving is being investigated as a homicide, Anchorage police said Friday.

Monroe Randall Jr., 61, died unexpectedly at his home in the 900 block of Eagle Street Nov. 27, two days after he was involved in an altercation with another individual, homicide supervisor Sgt. Slawomir Markiewicz said.

“We interviewed that person; that person said that he was assaulted by the victim and that he hit the victim back,” Markiewicz said. “So we have that, but then for two days the victim is walking, talking and going about his daily business, drinking, and then, suddenly, he dies.”

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Man receives 42-month sentence in child porn case

An Anchorage man convicted of possessing child pornography has been sentenced to three and a half years in federal prison.

Fifty-three-year-old Kevin Robert Gardner was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Beistline to 42 months for convictions on four counts.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Audrey Renschen says Gardner had child pornography on desktop and laptop computers and two flash drives.

She says the images depicted the sexual abuse and exploitation of prepubescent children. Some images were obtained from pay-to-view Web sites.

Beistline also fined Gardner $5,000.

-- The

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Craigslist scammers targeting Anchorage

Anchorage police are warning of a suspected scam that has shown up in the e-mail of at least a half a dozen local residents in recent days.

The scam e-mail, often from a G-mail account, has been showing up in response to people's legitimate ads posted on Craigslist, cyber crimes Det. Sgt. Ron Tidler said.

The e-mail includes an attached picture of a blond woman and says only things like "Hi" or "Good afternoon," Tidler said.

The messages are likely being sent from a bot that is mass-spamming ads on Craigslist, he said.

By replying to the message, users will give the spammers their e-mail addresses, which Craigslist masks as part of its service.

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Longtime burglar gets maximum sentence

A longtime burglar has received a maximum 11-year sentence.

Superior Court Judge Patrick McKay imposed the sentence Thursday on Ray Helveston who was convicted of burglarizing a local artist's home in 2007.

McKay found that Helveston was a worst offender having been convicted of five prior felonies and numerous misdemeanors.

Authorities say Helveston stole approximately $50,000 worth of artwork and memorabilia from the artist's home.

He is awaiting sentencing on another residential burglary case from earlier in 2007, where he faces the same potential penalty. He is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 9.

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Thursday's trooper dispatches

A burglar in Wasilla broke in the front door of a home and stole five firearms, according to troopers. Dispatch is below.

Alaska State Troopers Press Release of Thursday, December 18, 2008

Any charges reported in these press releases are merely accusations and
the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

A Detachment

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Location: Juneau

Case number: 08-103105

Type: Failure to Register as a Sex Offender in the First Degree

Text: On 12/17/08, at 1414 hours, William Brown, age 48 of Juneau, was
charged with Failing to Register as a Sex Offender in the First Degree.

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